None of those things would happen.
We're talking about the difference between a team with a bloated roster and no flexibility vs. a team with a much more efficient roster and flexibility to make moves. Sometimes in order to take 2 steps forward, you need to take 1 step back. For the past few years - the Sox have tried to keep taking 1 step forward by throwing more money out there... and that is no longer possible.
All of this stuff about the Sox becoming a mid-market team... no FA will ever come here... tumbleweeds will blow through Fenway... fire will rain from the sky.... c'mon.
So I'm curious...when the Sox were a team predicated on only precious prospects, and in full blow up mode...when was that time period...I'll give you a clue because its been a while...a former Sox 3rd baseman was putting the lineup cards out there with immortals such as Dwayne Hosey and "Prime Time" Michael Coleman...how many free agents came to Boston? Winning attracts free agents, either winning or outbidding your competitors by a lot. Which leads us into the original problem that the team has currently...bloated contracts for players who don't deserve them...only now you're paying them to say how much they love Boston, the money, and the chance to go out and compete for 4th place.
There are ways you can take a step back without going nuclear, what you're talking about is not just taking a step back but stepping off the cliff completely. The plan is to go absolutely mid 90's Padres on this roster, which worked out well for them (it actually did, took them 5 years but it did but that was a one shot deal and went back to being dreck shortly after). You don't trade franchise players, because it never ever works out well. How wouldn't the Sox become a perennial doormat? I'm sure the Orioles fans felt the same way, Pirates too and the Phillies and Blue Jays in the mid to late 90's...they couldn't possibly become doormats either...but they did! The Jays did get Clemens though (they outbid everyone by a significant amount)...it can happen, and if you trade the wrong players (Pedroia) it will happen.
The team needs tweaks...not a full blown nuclear bomb to it...
You first put together 5 prospects that no matter what you will not part with unless of course Seattle offers you King Felix (Barnes, Bradley, Boegarts, Middlebrooks, Swihart IMO based on positions)
Then you put together 5 prospects that if the right deal comes along you make a deal, these are the guys like a Lavarnway, Iglesias, Bentz (in the right deal), Cecchini, Jacobs..
That probably sums up the top 10 prospects in the organization. You make a stance in your organization that you will stay competitve while keeping these guys unless of course that proven star player comes along (like Felix) and then you make the deal.
Next what you do is improve the international scouting department, after all of the hype about having a great academy in the Dominican, how many impact players did Boston sign out of the DR?
Next you do trade one player on this team that will bring you back a lot of talent, Ellsbury. Him and Jackie Bradley are redundant, similiar skill set minus the 30 homer power (abbiration, he's not Matt Kemp), but you use him either to get that real #1 SP or a massive package of prospects, thus keeping this team seemingly under the luxury tax for the next few seasons while those guys develop and you put in JBJ and Bentz in RF. You also trade Beckett for prospects...You also get whatever you can this year for Shoppach, Atchinson, Padilla, and if you can find a sucker...Punto. So this is what it looks like for the Sox by this time next year.
C- Salty/Lavarnway (platoon) Lavarnway when he's not behind the plate gives A-Gon and Ortiz days off at 1B/DH
RF-Crawford (They're going to figure out his range is wasted in Fenway playing left)
DH-Ortiz on a 1-2 year deal at lower AAV than he's making in arbitration
SP3-Prospect for Beckett
SP4-Prospect for Ellsbury
MR-Aceves, Morales, Tazawa, Mortenson, Miller, Melancon
Bard would be the wild card...best case he replaces either Mortenson/Tazawa...this keeps the team at a competitve level while saving the team money with the team trading Ellsbury and Beckett...problem is now solved.
Young team in transition
Edited by Tyrone Biggums, 16 July 2012 - 09:50 PM.